I own a Hot Dog Stand in front of a Home Depot. I'm always having to chase
the Sparrows and Starlings away. I sell a good portion of French Fries and
whenever a customer drops one there is always a bird to gobble it up.
This one day I had a different little bird come to my stand. He had a glossy
sheen plumage of iridescent black. In close quarters you could see the colors
change to,purple, blue or green depending on the light. He looked like a
common Grackle but much smaller,about 8 inches in length and he also had
a smaller beak.
He was doing as the rest of the birds,taking any fallen food he could get.
This bird was different. When I would get a customer the other birds would
fly off. This little bird showed a lot of courage and would just take two
steps out of the way and continue to wait for a morsel. Of course I named
I encouraged him to beg and in just that first day he started to fly up in
my window and eat bread right out of my hand.Soon he would perch right on
my hand.He came to my stand everyday and would stay all day. It wasn't long
that he stopped coming. I often wonder what happened to that sweet little